Have you pushed yourself lately? Have you done anything that you’re totally proud of? Do you want to just brag about your latest accomplishment?
Hopefully you answered yes. Hopefully you’re grabbing life by the balls.
Chances are that you’re pretty bored right now. That’s cool. We all get boring. Life gets boring. Most of you reading this are likely pretty bored right now. Actually, I’ll take it a step further, you’re only on this page because you were bored and felt like reading (skimming through) another damn blog article. More articles. More wasting time.
It’s all good. I’m in this boat far too often! It’s time for a change…
Are you sick of being bored? Are you sick of being so average? Is there a solution?
The solution is a physical challenge!
[UPDATE: This page will be used for us to track our physical challenges. I’m going to share what I’m doing to push myself. I also hope to hear from you.]
I signed up for a half-marathon for October 20th.
In mid-September I began pro wrestling training.
Back to the post…
A physical challenge will force you to get off Facebook, step outside of your comfort zone, and get something done. You can’t exactly be bored when you’re pushing yourself like crazy.
This is for every single person out there that’s bored. It’s time to push yourself. We are going to push ourselves. We are going to feel on top of the world and boost our confidence to record levels.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” — Randy Pausch.
You don’t have to read motivational quotes on Facebook and listen to hardcore rap without taking any action. You can finally see your own results and do something that you’re proud of. That’s what these challenges are all about.
I promise you that there’s nothing better for building your confidence than a physical challenge.
I guaranteed you that you can push yourself to the max and love every damn moment of it!
I remember listening to a podcast with Tim Ferriss and someone else. They were just shooting the breeze. I was sort of paying attention while working out. Then a gem hit me. Ferriss mentioned how there’s nothing better for building confidence than a challenge or pushing yourself physically. Well, not exactly in those words. That’s what I go out of it though. I realized that it’s important to enter some sort of a physical challenge or to find any reason to push yourself to new levels.
There’s a huge difference between criticizing others and actually stick our own necks on the line.
You want to know how I finally took on a physical challenge and risked it?
“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.” — Mickey Mantle
This is the actual how-to section. I’m not just here to post quotes and feel-good stories. I want to show you how you can finally do something.
How can you challenge yourself physically?
- Pick a physical activity that you want to try. What have you been meaning to try? Is there a sport that looks exciting to you? Is there an activity that you want to get involved in? [Hint: think George in the Summer of George and FROLF BABY!]
- Try to be fairly realistic for your first try. I didn’t want to do an amateur MMA fight or try out for a pro sports team because that makes no sense. I did something realistic. Make sure that you do something that’s within the range of possibility.
- Do something low stakes. This ties in with the previous point. You don’t want all eyes on you with your first challenge. I suggest something where the stakes are low and you don’t have to worry about failing miserably. Low stakes is a great way to start because there’s not an insane amount of stress and pressure involved. I don’t want you to fail and give up forever.
- Get someone else involved. Can you think of anybody else that would be interested in joining you? Can you force a sibling or friend to join you? I had no luck the first time around. Hopefully you can get someone else on board with you.
- JOIN RIGHT NOW. Sign up. In 2009, I joined an MMA gym and paid extra for the unlimited classes. This forced me to go. I signed up for my two races on the same day. I did this before my mind started playing tricks on me. I didn’t check my calendar. I didn’t search for excuses. I’m demanding that you join right now. Don’t wait.
Are you ready to finally stop being so damn bored all of the time and challenge yourself physically?
What did I do for my physical challenge?
“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” — Doug Larson
A 5k run on May 5th. Then I did the 10k run on May 12th.
I wanted to try something new. I want a challenge. I wanted something to push myself. I wanted to see if I could actually run long distances.
I always switch up my workouts and try new classes at the gym, I’m not counting that here. A physical challenge is something new that forces you to do something you weren’t sure you could do in the first place.
Why did I decide to run?
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%… you make it that much easier for me to beat you.” — Unknown
I wanted a challenge. I’ve never been a fan of running. I always thought that it looked stupid/easy/weird. I always laughed at friends that ran around for hours. I just didn’t understand it. So I decided to see if I could run long distances in a race with thousands of others.
I’ve always lifted weights and done other forms of cardio. I never tried to run. So I figured I would give it a shot!
How did I perform?
The aftermath wasn’t pretty. I was in pain. As I type this, I’m so damn sore. I tweaked my foot — alright, I’ll stop feeling sorry for myself!
I completed the 5k in 27 minutes. The 10k in 58 minutes. What’s more impressive is that I didn’t stop and I didn’t give up. I’m proud of my participants’ medals because it means that I actually did something. If I sat at home or slept in I would’ve received nothing.
I definitely didn’t set any records. However, I’m proud of myself for showing up. If I say I’m going to show up, I do.
I’m ready for the next challenge. I love the adrenaline rush. I love the challenge.
I found a cool site that shows you races/events in your community. I’m going to stay on top of this site and see what’s coming up in my community.
I might also try to convicne a friend or family member to come out and support me.
I definitely want to do Tough Mudder. I have a “5k Mud Run” booked coming up shortly. I’m not sure what this entails.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller
I really believe that you have to inconvenience yourself to get anything done in life. This is your wake up calling to stop being so boring and average.
P.S Oh and yes, I’m one of those guys that posts inspirational quotes. I love them. I view them like bathing. You need to clean yourself every single day just like you need to stay motivated every single day.
P.P.S I have no photos because I was lied to! I was told that the event photos would be posted online. Well, they were. The photos are great. The problem is that I have to pay $70 to download photos of myself gasping for air! Wtf? A charity run and I have to pay for a picture of myself.